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Borghese Gallery Tour

From US$ 64 per person
Based on 7 Reviews
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highlights
  • A 17th-century villa built by Cardinal Scipione Borghese specifically to show off his art
  • The most beautiful marble sculptures in existence including Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne
  • Admire the beauty of one of the sexiest and most scandalous women Pauline Bonaparte
  • Bask in the gritty grandeur of Caravaggio’s St. John the Baptist and David and Goliath
Imagine a palace that was specifically built to house amazing works of art. Its twenty rooms are treasure troves of visual splendor: every wall holds a masterpiece, every pedestal supports exquisitely carved marble, and even the ceilings sing with divine frescoes. Well, you don’t have to imagine it because this is a description of the Galleria Borghese, Rome’s most exclusive and intimate art museum. Built in the 17th century by Cardinal Scipione Borghese specifically to house his magnificent art collection, it was once only open to royals and visiting dignitaries. Today, it lets in groups at two-hour intervals (with pre-reserved tickets) to ensure that its 20 rooms of masterpieces are never overcrowded.

Once inside, your expert, English-speaking guide will lead you on a highlight tour of the collection, showing you well-known works like Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, Rape of Proserpina, and David; Caravaggio’s St. John the Baptist; and Canova’s Pauline Bonaparte; along with lesser-known gems like Raphael’s Lady with a Unicorn; and Bassano’s The Last Supper.

Along the way you will be able to indulge in one of the rarest aesthetic pleasures: Seeing great art in the setting that it was meant to be seen in. Before public art museums this was how the luckiest people in Europe viewed paintings and sculptures and it’s frankly fantastic.

What they often didn’t have was an expert, English-speaking guide to help interpret and give context to the art. Yours brings an incredible passion to the proceedings and will inform you of all the backstories that lend each work depth and nuance. From the quirks of Cardinal Borghese to the heartbreaking story of the commissioning of Raphael’s The Deposition, this is a journey through art like none you have taken before.
customer reviews
4.7 - Excellent Based on 7 reviews
Great guide and tour
Jon Herring From UK At
5 - Excellent
“Great guide, Tanguy was obviously passionate about the material and made the Bernini sculptures come alive. The intimate nature of the gallery makes it a great small group tour, we really felt like we absorbed so much more despite the 2 hour time limit.”
Wonderful!
Noreen Matts From USA At
4 - Very Good
“Our guide was wonderful. She took time to explain, patiently answered questions and made sure we got to see as much as we possibly could in two hours. She seemed to be quite the art expert. Quite enjoyable.”
Great tour
Louise Ritenhouse From Australia At
5 - Excellent
“I wasn't expecting anything from this tour. My husband wanted to see the Caravaggio so I just went along. I've forgotten the tour guides name but I will never forget what I saw and learned from him. I've always liked sculptures but he told us some many facts and stories and ways to look at the art that I was overwhelmed. The Bernini sculptures so beautiful. I will always remember the Borghese gallery.”
Excellent tour
Hsien Tan From Australia At
5 - Excellent
“Guido was an excellent and knowledgeable guide who was passionate about the the Galleria Borghese. Excellent experience overall.”
what’s included
  • Pre-reserved, all-inclusive Borghese Gallery Tickets
  • Expert, English-Speaking guide
  • Headsets for groups over 6
what’s excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Tour details
Availability Every Wed, Fri & Sun
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 2.5 hours
Tour Type Group Tour  
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Rome, Italy/Rome, Italy
Good to know ● Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.

● Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

● The Borghese museum does not allow any bags, purses, or cameras into the galleries. All such items must be checked before entering the museum, which your guide will help you with upon arrival.

● Please note that the second floor of the Borghese Gallery is not wheelchair accessible. As a result we are unable to accommodate wheelchair users or guests with reduced mobility on this tour.
Cancellation Cancellations:
- For cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Full refund.
- For cancellations made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No refund can be provided.

Amendments:
- For amendments made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No amendment fee, pending availability.
- For amendments made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Amendments subject to a amendment fee per person, per tour, pending availability.

Late Arrivals & No Shows:
- No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
other information
Walks of Italy / Product Category: Sightseeing Tours
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